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New York – Despite criticism of some retailers’ Thanksgiving Day store hours, 17 percent of consumers plan to shop on the holiday, a new survey shows.
The poll, by The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs, found that 41 million Americans plan to take advantage of the increased Thanksgiving hours.
The chief reason for shopping on Thanksgiving, cited by one-third of consumers, was that it would be “an earlier opportunity to find bargains,” reported ICSC chief economist and research VP Michael Niemira.
I have been reading the pro and con arguments surrounding the decision by several retailers to open their doors Thanksgiving evening.
Up until today, my opinion has been that the trend is a negative for our country and society. There should be a time, albeit ever so briefly, when everyone gets to go home and enjoy a day with their family or just loafing around.
However, it occurred to me that I and the other detractors have put on blinders regarding this issue.